In another mid-air drama, two passengers on the Dubai to Mumbai IndiGo flight allegedly created ruckus and also hurled abuses at co-passengers, staff and crew members under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday. The duo was arrested after the plane landed in Mumbai.
𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗮𝗹𝗴𝗵𝗮𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗞𝗼𝗹𝗵𝗮𝗽𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘀𝗵𝘁𝗿𝗮
According to the police, a First Information Report (FIR) was registered after a complaint was received from IndiGo airline regarding the incident. The two accused have been identified as Dattatreya Bapardekar and John D'Souza who are the residents of Nalasopara in Palghar district and Kolhapur respectively. They were returning from a year of work in the Gulf. The FIR stated that the accused men were celebrating with the alcohol which they bought from a duty-free shop and were drinking on the plane that led to a ruckus. The airline crew had to take away the alcohol bottles from them.
When the flight arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday, they were handed over to the CISF security staff for unruly behaviour, as per the protocol.
𝗩𝗲𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘄 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼-𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗜𝗦𝗙: 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗚𝗼
The IndiGo airline in a statement stated that, "Two passengers travelling on flight 6E 1088 from Dubai to Mumbai were observed to be in an inebriated state and continued consuming alcohol onboard despite multiple warnings from the crew. They verbally abused the crew and co-passengers."
"As per protocol, they were handed over to the CISF security staff for unruly behavior. Post the incident, a complaint has been filed at the nearby police station" added the airline.
“We regret the inconvenience caused to other passengers,” IndiGo apologised.
𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗯𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱
The police said that the men began drinking and verbally abusing fellow passengers while walking down the aisle with the alcohol bottle in their hand. The crew of the airplane then overpowered them and took away their bottles, added the police.
They are booked under Indian Penal Code sections 336 (endangering the life and safety of others) and Aircraft Rules sections 21, 22, and 25. But as the sections were bailable, they were granted bail from the police station itself.
This comes after several such incidents being reported of passengers misbehaving on airplanes, including two shocking incidents of men urinating on fellow passengers, while the latest one was two weeks back, when a passenger was arrested for smoking and misbehaving with other passengers on a London to Mumbai bound Air India plane.
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